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Cash found in homes of judges

Investigators searching homes and offices of current and former judges found wads of $100 bills, including some that undercover agents had paid for judicial favors. Agents on Saturday searched for more than a quarter of a million dollars they had handed out in alleged payoffs to Dade judges Roy Gelber, Alfonso Sepe, Phillip Davis, Harvey Shenberg and Miami attorney David Goodhart, a former judge.

The warrants and seizures were part of Operation Court Broom. The 22-month investigation has targeted judges who were paid money for improper bond reductions, suppression of evidence and disclosure of confidential police information, U.S. Attorney Dexter Lehtinen said.

The search warrants list $266,000 in $100 bills paid to four of the five men between August 1989 and May 1991: Goodhart, $150,000; Shenberg, $50,000; Gelber, $36,000; and Davis $30,000. The warrants do not indicate any payments to Sepe. None of the judges have been charged.

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